How integrity and respect can inspire professionalism

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Professionalism is defined as exhibiting high integrity and respect, acting in a professional manner at all times. This can be portrayed through dress, image, behaviour and manners, as well as knowledge, skills, competencies and abilities. Effective communication is also essential to acting professional.

Perception of professionalism can be easy to attain but hard to uphold when emotions are given free rein. Self-control can help to perpetuate professionalism and professional behaviour in the workplace as individuals have the ability to refrain from reacting to others when challenged, instead opting to exhibit patience and calm in the face of all situations.

In the workplace, professionals have mastered their job skills, and therefore gained self-confidence that is exhibited at all times. Long-term success can be built from professional workplace behaviour, employees and external partners, which is of vital importance to achieving personal and organisation’s objectives.

What does a higher score mean?

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You are highly professional, self-control and self-confidence allow you to act in a way that commands respect. You treat others with patience and balance, conducting yourself with high integrity and showing respect to those around you.

What does a lower score mean?

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You are not always one to act professionally, in manner, behaviours or dress, maybe feeling pride when you can act more freely. You do not specialize your knowledge and with lower self-control, emotions can sometimes take over.

To nurture your professionalism:

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Specialize your knowledge in your chosen field, through experience, learning and sharing that knowledge. Act with honesty and integrity where possible, holding yourself accountable to your actions. Maintain calm and balance even in stressful situations, by taking a breath before reacting or speaking. Consider dressing in a what can be perceived as a professional manner, remember this can differ depending on the organisation or field you work in.

Use this checklist for self-evaluation

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  • Do you know how people perceive you at work?
  • Do you consider yourself emotionally intelligent?
  • Are you able to maintain calm in stressful situations?
  • Do you feel you dress appropriately for work?
  • Do you maintain a positive and confident attitude?
  • Do you follow the cultural norms in your workplace?
  • Are you compassionate to your colleagues and team?
  • Do you show respect in the workplace?

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